This CLE program will begin with a brief review of the specific conflict rules from the Rules of Professional Conduct. From there, Mark will challenge the typical excuses for not maintaining a formal conflict-checking system and detail the key components of an effective conflict-checking process. The program will conclude with a discussion of common conflict missteps that lawyers make coupled with practical advice on how to avoid these missteps.
Draft Outline of CLE Presentation:
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Since 1998, Mark Bassingthwaighte, Esq. has been a Risk Manager with ALPS, an attorney’s professional liability insurance carrier. In his tenure with the company, Mr. Bassingthwaighte has conducted over 1200 law firm risk management assessment visits, presented over 400 continuing legal education seminars throughout the United States, and written extensively on risk management, ethics, and technology. Mr. Bassingthwaighte is a member of the State Bar of Montana as well as the American Bar Association where he currently sits on the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility’s Conference Planning Committee. He received his J.D. from Drake University Law School.
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